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Centurion

In 2nd-century Britain, Roman fighter Quintas Dias (Michael Fassbender) is the lone survivor of a Pictish attack on a Roman frontier post. Eager for revenge, he joins the Ninth Legion -- under General Virilus (Dominic West) -- and journeys north on a mission to destroy the Picts. Writer-director Neil Marshall's rousing sword-and-sandals adventure also stars Olga Kurylenko as the beautiful Pict warrior Etain.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
NYT Review
“Centurion," directed by Neil Marshall, follows a Roman Army mission into Scotland in 117 A.D. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 56%
Critics' score: 58   Audience score: 43   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Auteur cinema of a very narrow stripe, this personalizes a familiar genre to advance a singularly pessimistic view of humanity. full review

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

The film has a resigned bitterness, hard to shake off, that feels right for the experience of tough guys, from whatever period of history, who find themselves at the tattered edge of what they take to be civilization. full review

Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Marshall shows off the breathtaking landscape, but with interiors, he populates the ale houses and encampments with cliches. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

Bloody well done. full review

Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rousing if slightly predictable. full review

Leslie Felperin, Variety

Unpretentious swords-and-sandals film crafts a tight survival drama out of Roman Empire lore. full review

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

There are, by my count, six standard types of violence in film these days: Tarantino, comic book, Scorsese, martial arts, horror and stupid. That's right: stupid. For an example, look no further than Centurion. full review

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

It's a darned entertaining outing from a director who knows action, loves narration and doesn't share Hollywood's fear of period pieces that don't involve Greek gods. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Far more entertaining, and infinitely less cumbersome, than its recent big-budget Hollywood counterparts. full review

Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News

For all its analogies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, or wherever, the underlying thrust of Centurion is its celebration of bloodlust. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Sack, pillage, repeat. Heads will roll. And bounce. And be stuck on pikes. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

By turns heroic, fearsome, funny, fateful and, oh, so brutal, with swords hacking off heads at every turn. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Flaming arrows, spears, and knives have no problem finding their way to the back of a mouth. The profanity is delightful. And the general atmosphere is grim. The movie just isn't terribly inspired. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

It offers riveting storytelling, gorgeous cinematography and scenery, loads of gore, and a politically complicated history lesson. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

No one can claim the bloodshed was toned down in the quest for a PG-13 -- and I consider that to be a positive quality. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Most of the characters are so characterless that you can't tell who they are when they get impaled or beheaded, and you can't remember who they used to be after they're dispatched. Not that it matters. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

When it comes to crunchy impalings and messy arterial geysers, Marshall's a maestro. full review

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

[A] highly enjoyable action-adventure. full review

F.X. Feeney, Village Voice
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